3 cases pending between the Vandergriffs

Knoxville (WVLT) -- The public battle between a candidate for Knox county clerk and her husband now extends to three courts.

Amy henley Vandergriff's husband, joshua, is asking for a divorce, one week after she accused him of assault.

Volunteer TV's Rob Pratt, who is also a lawyer, has more on what's next for the Vandergriffs.

In addition to a criminal charge and a divorce case, there's also an order of protection hearing coming up.

With this domestic war being waged on so many fronts, these court documents contain plenty of accusations by both the candidate and her husband.

Knox County Clerk candidate Amy Henley Vandergriff has said very little publicly since accusing her husband Joshua Vandergriff of assault last week.

Amy Vandergriff said in a news conference June 13th, "This is a private matter made public because I seek public office, but this has nothing to do with the public office I seek."

Much of what we know about the problems in the Vandergriff marriage comes from the papers they have filed in court.

Amy asking for an order of protection, and Joshua now asking for a divorce.

Carole Cole, Joshua Vandergriff's Attorney says, "Our primary focus is the best interest of the child. They have a seven year old little girl and my client's goal is to make sure she's taken care of."

Joshua Vandergiff's complaint for divorce alleges that there are irreconcilable differences.

He also claims Amy is guilty of inappropriate marital conduct and adultery.

He took exception to late night text messages to and from her coworker.

She has done some filing of her own, getting the court to give her a temporary order of protection, prohibiting him from having contact with her until a hearing can be held June 26th.

She claims he assaulted her outside a Knoxville restaurant, he's charged criminally in that case with a hearing set for June 23rd.

She also claims he has checked her cellphone repeatedly and even placed a GPS tracking device on her car. Joshua's lawyer says even with all these allegations. she's hopeful the case can be resolved.

Cole says, "I hope that we can come to a conclusion in this matter rather quickly. She can go on with her campaign , my client can go on with his life They can go on with their lives in a situation where they can co-parent apart."

We left a phone message for Amy Vandergriff today, but she has not returned WVLT's call.

I spoke with the lawyer she's in the process of hiring.

He says this is a pending matter, and he won't be commenting.

Now that the divorce is filed, Mrs. Vandergriff will have 30 days to file an answer or get an extension.


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